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Sally Swift

Sally Swift
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SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 12:21AM

Karen, Brave Warrior

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I am tired of Kanye and Taylor and Michael Vick and Joe Wilson and Ellen and Jay Leno and whatever other useless, pointless, inane trivia passes for news.

I am sick and tired of the health care debate. We're living it. The view from the downside sucks. 

Below are four stories of one family's battle with cancer. My family. I've written about them in detail. They are an object lesson on the need for better, more affordable health care.

Already mother to a son with cancer, my neice Karen has been fighting herocially against melanoma metastisized to the liver and spleen. Positive attitude. Healthy lifestyle. Aggressive therapy. 

Cancer therapy which her doctors had to fight like hell to get the insurance company to pay.

Last month, some real joy, tumors shrunk, no new ones, a great high for all of us.

Monday the news. Not so good. More tumors, bigger than before. And that word: chemo.

Karen's unbelievably strong and brave. Next steps, she says, not giving up, she says. Setback, sure, but this is just another way to fight.

Wednesday, September 16, Karen is having her first chemo-embolization treatment. I'll be there in the hospital by her side, along with her husband.

If you pray, please do. If you can send healing thoughts, please do. If you would stop briefly and enjoy whatever good fortune is yours, please do that too.

Thank you.

Chronological Order:


Alex's Lemonade - Elixir of Life


I See Courage


"This Is Not The End Of Your Life"


No More! No Más! Enough! Basta! Finis! Stop!




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Going to bed. See you Wednesday night or Thursday. Good thoughts welcome.
Will send prayers, good thoughts and wishes, and all necessary for healing and help on your end, and hers. Cancer's waltzed across the stage of my own life, never pretty. Love to you, Sally.
I will send prayers, and I have been.
You are right that things like this should take the news instead of celebrity trivia.
I will pray for your brave warrior, and give you best loves!
Sending all good thoughts and love to your Karen and family. The good fortune I have is to enjoy this beautiful September night without worry that a loved one is suffering, I am so grateful yet aware that your family is also mine, in that, we all are on the same road.
Sending good thoughts to Karen!
Oh Sally, I'm sorry to hear this news. I will be sending love and light and hope and prayer and healing thoughts to Karen and her family.
Nothing but good thoughts, love and prayers for your niece, Sally. Hang in there for her and the family. xo
Karen and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I don't know if it will be of any help to you, but Kairol Rosenthal's blog emphasizes her's and others' experiences while living with cancer.
I send you what encouragement, love and faith I have left.
Yes. This is the important stuff. Shalom.
I'm so sorry to hear about this, Sally. Sending loving, healing thoughts to Karen, you and your entire family. I don't have to tell you to be strong. You already are. You need to take care of you, too. Remember that. xoxo
Every positive nerve in my being is heading to you and your family, Sally. My heart goes out to you. Your positive attitude and ability to deal with all of this is a tribute to your strength and love of your family. I do believe I would wilt under that kind of pressure. Deep hugs to you.
You know that I'm sending all the good thoughts and prayers I can. Karen is a true warrior, and I'm glad she's not giving up without a fight.

Stay strong, Sally. I'll be right here with you, along with a lot of others.
Thanks Sally, I do, I did , and I will...
Good thoughts and loving wishes to all of you. So hard, so hard ....
A beautiful post about a beautiful person deserving of our admiration and our prayers. Unfortunately, when I viewed it, it was followed by a disgusting before and after ad labeled "2 tips to a flat sexy stomach" -- proving yet again that robots may be capable of "thought" but they are a damn long way from having feelings
Oh Sally. . .yes of course!
I'm so sorry for what you are all going through. I'm sending good thoughts for Karen and for you to have the strength to continue to support her.
Send all my best prayers and thoughts for Karen, and the rest of you as well.
Good thoughts and prayers indeed. Am listening now to Karen Rego's tribute to you - and the beautiful song she posted. When you watch it, you will understand why I am wishing you light.
My prayers are with her -- and with you.
Thoughts with you, and then some. Sally, take care of yourself as well. Treat yourself well. I know this has been a hell of a year for you.
Sending whatever I have to wherever you are for whoever needs it! hang in there.
Godspeed to Karen, and to you.
you're both in my prayers...wishing you strength and healing...
Nam myoho renge kyo - many many good causes sent your way, Karen! Namaste to your whole family.
My thoughts are with Karen and you.
Dear Sally, It's Thursday and we have all been praying for Karen, for you, and for your whole family for the past 24 hours and more. I will be thinking of you and praying for you as I remember to appreciate the opportunity I have to be a companion for a 77 year old friend and her niece today. Will check back here for news as soon as I'm back at my computer. God, Sally. I just can't tell you how sorry I am about you're going through.
Keeping the flame with much love,
Cindy Lou
I feel for you. This is incredibly difficult, just grasping it. I'll think positive thoughts for Karen and her son.